It’s been a long, rough week. The bambino and one of his kindergarten friends are already having some issues with a troublemaker in their class. The bambino’s Batman lunchbox was kicked around by this boy and 3 others on Monday. That was bad enough. The bambino’s friend was hurt at lunch Friday, and had to go home for the day–The result of being pushed by the troublemaker. I would like to think that by this point, the kid is on the school’s radar, and hopefully this is the last incident for the rest of the school year. It just amazes me that they’re in kindergarten, and it’s the third week of school. And already we’ve had to talk to the bambino about bullies and how to deal with them. He’s FIVE. He should just be worrying about his Legos and whether or not he gets to stay up late watching dinosaur documentaries. So while we just ate leftovers last night, tonight I decided on some comfort food of sorts: Fried Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce.
And not just any tomato sauce…THE Sauce:
Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter. It’s been a long while since I’ve made this sauce, but it is SO good. For the past year, maybe two, the bank has purchased a CSA share, and they divide the vegetables up between a couple of the branches. On Friday, they brought in some of the best-looking tomatoes I have ever seen. I assume they were an heirloom variety, because I have never before seen tomatoes that were such a deep red hue. It’s crazy, but I felt like I HAD to take a bunch of them and make something. So I did…My original thought was a tart, but then I remembered having some potatoes to use up, so I starting thinking of gnocchi, and then I remembered The Sauce.
I decided I need to get myself a food mill at some point…Blanching, peeling and chopping tomatoes by hand is slimy and I always make a huge mess. Of course, making gnocchi by hand isn’t any less sloppy, so I guess it doesn’t matter. Still, I’d love to make silky-smooth marinara sauces some day.
But enough of that…I made gnocchi and rather than boiling them, I fried them, just because I like crispy potato-things. I know, that makes no sense. But trust me, if you’ve never tried frying your gnocchi, give it a go. And make this tomato sauce (if you haven’t yet done that either). I promise you won’t regret it!
The last time I made gnocchi, I froze half of it. Not this time. I gave the bambino a few, and split the rest between Jay and I. My only regret is that there isn’t more sauce. Or that I didn’t have bread to sop up the little bit left in my bowl.
We participated in a 5K this morning sponsored by the bank, and while we just walked it (the bambino came with us), Jay and I both are still pretty tired, and ready to call it a night!